Western Dairy had a landmark year in 2014, from launching a new website in February to hosting Colorado’s health and wellness leaders for two GENYOUth town hall meetings, to picking out a new class of outstanding Fuel Up to Play 60 student and adult leaders, this will be a year to remember. Take a look at some of our favorite events and accomplishments from the year:
- January: Carrie Mess, of DairyCarrie.com, visited Colorado to speak to a group of dairy farmers and other members of the Colorado agriculture community.
- February: The new WesternDairyAssociation.org went live, along with the company’s first blog. WDA was also pleased to honor the lifetime accomplishments of dairy farmer Les Hardesty when he was inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.
- March: The first of two GENYOUth Town Hall meetings was held to discuss how to move the dial on childhood obesity and encourage healthier, more active lifestyles for the next generation.
- April: A second GENYOUth meeting was held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the Denver Broncos gave $50,000 to GENYOUth for use in Denver Public Schools to improve health and wellness efforts through Fuel Up to Play 60.
- June: This year’s June Dairy Month Celebration featured the Fuel Up to Play 60 program with an appearance from Denver Broncos Safety and Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Representative David Bruton, 850 KOA’s Andy Lindahl and several student leaders from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
- July: Western Dairy sent students from all three of our region’s states to the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit to learn about leadership, healthy living and more. For the first time, students from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming were all represented as state ambassadors and two additional students attended as well.
- September: The third annual Pedal The Plains bicycle tour took place and Western Dairy was a proud sponsor once again. This year WDA had its first team riding, complete with Holstein-print jerseys. Each of the three riders was a Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor at a Colorado school.
- October: In October, WDA honored our Fuel Up to Play 60 Champions with an event for Touchdown schools, State Ambassadors, Hall of Fame Program Advisors and grant recipient schools. Bruton, Miles the Mascot and two Denver Broncos cheerleaders were all in attendance. October was also when the FFA Dairy Value Chain Curriculum for high school students was launched.
- November: The Wyoming Future Farmers of America Chapter Leadership Conference visited a dairy farm for the first time, touring George Dairy. Students were led through stations about every aspect of dairy farming by members of the George family, WDA staff and Dea Sloan from DFA.
- December: Combined with many other great events, including state and county fairs, health and wellness events, conferences and more, we look back at a year in which Western Dairy reached millions of people. Thank you for following and supporting your local dairy farm families.
Happy New Year!